Some more journalistic logic

September 16, 2015 at 3:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

The cheese toastie goes gourmet: “A staple food group for students and drunk party goers, the cheese toastie reigns as the quickest and easiest guilty pleasure in the kitchen. But toasties have now evolved to become sophisticated foods in their own right, with restaurants such as London’s Duck and Waffle offering custom tasty cheese filling paired with a host of wonderful ingredients, such as crème fraîche, onion and black truffle purée and mashed potato. And its proud basic bread and cheese composition is being given the overhaul by chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal, who have their own ideas about what constitutes as the ultimate toasted sandwich. Jamie’s spin on the classic toastie involves ‘posh’ Comte cheese and higher-welfare roasted ham. On Jamie’s website, jamieoliver.com, he says: ‘A toasted cheese sandwich is a beautiful thing, but I’m not messing about here – this is the ultimate one and it’s going to blow your mind.’”

New burger? “McDonalds have launched a brand new ground chicken burger which could be set to become as popular as the Big Mac. But fans of the fast food chain may have to wait to sample the new sandwich, as it is only being rolled out in Tampa Bay, Florida. The ground chicken burger is a first for the fast-food chain; a ground quarter-pound patty of breast and thigh meat on a new ‘gourmet’ potato bun. It comes in two versions – the Classic with red onions, lettuce, tomatoes and ranch sauce and the Signature with grilled onions with lettuce, tomatoes and a sweet ‘signature’ sauce. The burger, which debuted in every one of Tampa Bay’s 200 McDonald’s on Monday, was created by restaurateur Blake Casper. Casper, who owns around 50 McDonald’s franchises in the area, has spent the last year-and-a-half perfecting the recipe. Casper also owns the Oxford Exchange in Tampa where the restaurant’s own chicken burger has become a hit with customers.”

Whale breaches the water and leaps over kayakers – narrowly avoiding crushing them: “Astonishing footage has captured the moment two kayakers came closer than they ever intended to a humpback whale after they narrowly avoided being crushed by the full force of its weight. The duo were amongst a group paddling in Monterey Bay, California, on Saturday morning as a couple of whales swam calmly between the kayaks. The whales had come into the bay to feed, and were popping up in between the tiny boats – much to the delight of everyone watching on. But then one of the giant creatures unexpectedly shoots out of the water, throwing its full weight at two unsuspecting kayakers, who can do little but watch on as all 30 or more tons of the almost fully grown mammal comes hurtling towards them. The kayakers, dressed in red, disappear under the mass of foam and waves as the whale hits the water. Luckily, the whale watchers pop back up within seconds of the terrifying incident, remarkably unscathed. No injuries were reported, according to Fox 11”.

A snake that’s not a snake: “A reclusive skink lizard has been pictured alive for the first ever time by an amateur wildlife photographer. The rare reptile looks more like a snake, but on closer inspection it actually has four tiny legs that make it a type of lizard. It also has a notched tongue rather than the forked tongue of a snake. Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen, 48, was visiting the Masai Mara in Kenya when a ranger pointed out what he thought was a snake by the side of the road. The Dutch photographer took several pictures of the 20ins long serpent before it slithered off into long grass. When he got home Sjoerd did some research online and found a description of a Western Serpentiform skink which matched what he had seen, but couldn’t find a single picture of one. He uploaded his a photography Facebook page and was inundated with inquiries from excited herpetologists around the world. The Western Serpentiform skink is found in east Africa in countries like Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania. They are harmless to humans and live off a diet of insects and spiders.”

Chocolate thief collared 17 YEARS afterwards: “A thief who stole a box of Quality Street has been caught nearly two decades later. Spaniard Carlos Javier Aguilar- Ballester clearly thought he had got away with stealing the £3.50 box of chocolates from a shop in Gibraltar in 1998. But the 47-year-old was finally brought to justice 17 years later when he was arrested for another offence. Aguilar-Ballester was held by police for animal cruelty last month when neighbours reported seeing a man swinging a dog by its hind legs ‘like a yo-yo’. Detectives quickly matched him to the older theft case, which was still on file. He pleaded guilty to stealing the chocolates and was sentenced to a six-month conditional discharge. He is set to appear in court later this year on a charge of animal cruelty.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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